Georgetown holds off Central Conn. behind Jessie Govan, Jamorko Pickett

If Jamorko Pickett had a tagline ascribed to his offense through the first two games of Georgetown's season, it could be "quality over quantity."

Saturday in the second half Saturday in the second half Saturday in the second half Saturday in the second half Central Connecticut State. Nursing a two-point lead.

Pickett's three energized the announced crowd of 5,270 at the Capital One Arena and injected some life into the Hoyas. Senior center Jessie Govan hit the second game and make it 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. He did not attempt any two-point shots, nor did he get to the free throw line.

Govan led the Hoyas (2-0) with 26 points and eight rebounds, but Pickett's play was key and Georgetown Coach Patrick Ewing had nothing but praise for his sophomore swingman afterward.

"He played great. He played great today, "Ewing said. "One of the things I told him that he is growing today. Why in practice this year? . . . He was on their best player, but he made him to make shots. "

Eight minded, with the best defensive game of his career, with Blue Devils leading scorer Tyler Kohl to 19 points, 11 fewer than he scored in the season opener.

Georgetown built an 11-point lead at the end of the game, and the Blue Devils (1-1) rallied late behind Ian Krishnan (28 points) finally tightened on defense.

James Akinjo had 13 points for the Hoyas, and Trey Mourning added 12.

Ewing gave Pickett plenty of credit to help out on defense.

His second-year coach sees growth in the sophomore, but there remain questions about his shot selection. Ewing's primary critique of Pickett last season was that he took too many three-pointers – last season he fired from beyond the arc. Pickett has shot 8 for 12 from the field and has made just one two-point basketball.

Pickett's goal is a well-rounded player. He worked on ballhandling and attacking the rim more.

"I improved a lot," Pickett said after the season opener. "I took more threes than I should have, but they were good shots, I know I could knock down. But my game has definitely improved a lot. I can rebound more, attack the basket, make smart decisions coming off screens. "

At 6-foot-8 and with his shooting talent – he's got the potential to be a difference-maker. Blue Devils Coach Donyell Marshall compared Pickett to the guy of the player he was at Connecticut: "Do you have any guys like that?" three. "

Ewing and Pickett know that the sophomore must expand his game for both Georgetown's sake and Pickett's career prospects. So far, Ewing is just ending with the rate of progress.

"He can not think of himself as a three-point shooter if he wants to make a jump to the next level. He has been able to do all things, "Ewing said. "Today he showed that he could play defense. Last year he did not. He showed his love to his feet. He blocked a couple shots today. He can do a lot of things. He's not just a three-point shooter. . . . He has to learn how to do it. "

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